Did you know that the United States government has a resource to help you achieve some of the most common resolutions? (Yes, the PDF is still available during the shutdown.) I’ll bet most people can guess the resolutions that made the list: losing weight, managing stress, saving money and getting a better education, among others. Did your resolution focus on education? If so, congrats! You’re already … Continue reading What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? We Have Five Ways to Help You Keep It!
Sharon Davison emphasizes the importance of spending time in nature. For her National Geographic Educator Certification capstone project, her kindergarten students went on a nature walk, made observations, wrote in journals, and then communicated their findings to people around the world using social media platforms. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Expanding Perspectives through Outdoor Exploration and Social Media
In my last post, I shared with you some folks I greatly respect who have made social media work for their teaching and the learning of thousands of students worldwide. With this post, I get more personal and share with you how my social media experience changed my professional life forever. As you read about my social media story, I do not intend my trip … Continue reading From Pond Scum to a Pinnacle of Paleoanthropology: My Decade Long Social Media Journey
Greetings to all! I’m John Mead, a veteran life science teacher, and I’m thrilled to have a chance to share my experiences and insights with the National Geographic Education family. Having taught since 1990, I have witnessed the growth of social media, and it has fundamentally impacted my professional life in ways I could never have imagined. Looking back on teaching in the 1990s, almost … Continue reading Tapping into the #HiveMind: The Transformative Power of Social Media for Teachers
POLITICS Here are some skills that educators can teach budding reporters (and voters!) so that they can productively engage in the debates around the 2014 midterm elections. (PBS MediaShift) Use our United States MapMaker Kit to plot areas where voters will be deciding key issues. Teachers, scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas The … Continue reading 7 Strategies for Teaching about Midterm Elections